Southampton Solent University was the venue for Student futures – equipping students to thrive in the digital era, a recent two-day event organised by the UCISA Digital Capabilities Group
The conference took place in The Spark building, dominated by a fantastic giant red pod, looming over it like something out of War of the Worlds. The pod houses a lecture theatre and has a cafe style area up top. It has to be seen in person, but it’s pretty cool to look at.
The Pod at the Spark
The purpose of this event was to explore the ways in which we support students to develop their digital capabilities, from a student, staff and institutional perspective. But what exactly are Digital Capabilities? Well, as I discovered over the two days, depending on who you speak to you may well hear it called something else (e.g. digital literacy). You’re also likely to hear various interpretations of the idea; for simplicity here is the Jisc definition, although we’d encourage you to explore this further if you’re interested.
Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies).
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The University of Sussex hosted an Active Learning Masterclass on the 6th June (#almsussex), a day of sharing strategies to turn students from passive spectators into active creators. This was a collaboration between Technology Enhanced Learning and Wendy Garnham, funded by the Digital Practice Awards, and featured presentations and workshops from both Sussex staff and external speakers. Read more ›
How can we transform seminars using online collaboration? How can students develop digital skills and become active creators of multimedia learning resources?
In this episode, we interview Dr. Wendy Garnham (www.twitter.com/W_Garnham), who is a Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Director of Student Experience for one of the Foundation Year Programmes at the University of Sussex. Our discussion focuses on how Wendy transformed her seminars using Padlet, a free and easy-to-use online notice board which enables students to collaborate in real time to write text, embed multimedia content and post links to websites. We also talk about how Wendy helped to found a community around Active Learning following a Flipped Learning workshop run by the Technology Enhanced Learning team at Sussex.
Wendy Garnham – www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/10660
Wendy Garnham Twitter – www.twitter.com/W_Garnham
Padlet – www.padlet.com
The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team at the University of Sussex recently hosted a meeting of the Mahara User Group for Southern England (MUGSE). The sun shone as nearly 30 participants from eleven institutions in the region gathered to share their experiences with the e-portfolio platform and hear about new features in the upcoming release.
You can see some of the tweets from the event in this Storify put together by George Robinson (TEL).
The Mahara Community
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Sutori (previously known as HSTRY) is often thought of as a timeline tool, but Sutori ‘stories’ can be much more. With options to embed videos, sound files, create quizzes and add discussion forums it can be used by teachers and learners to create attractive and interactive learning resources. Read more ›